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NC endocrinologists: HB2 causes 'unnecessary hardship' for patients

Posted April 17
Updated April 18

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— A group of North Carolina doctors trained in endocrinology has submitted a petition to Gov. Pat McCrory calling for reconsideration of House Bill 2.

The petition, signed by 20 physicians, states that the law that requires people to use the public bathroom that matches the gender on their birth certificate is flawed from a medical standpoint.

"A law that defines biological sex as ‘the physical condition of being male or female, which is stated on a person’s birth certificate’ is inherently flawed and potentially harmful to a group of children that we care for in our pediatric practices," the petition said.

The endocrinologists, who consider themselves experts in the field of chromosomes and genital anatomy, said that they have provided services to babies who cannot be assigned a sex at birth for medical reasons.

The doctors explain that, in some cases, babies are born with chromosomes that suggest a sex that does not match the child’s physical anatomy. The discrepancy can be caused by biological issues, including chromosome abnormalities, abnormalities in anatomic development, environmental exposure during pregnancy, genetic mutations and tumors that produce sex hormones, they said.

The doctors state that, for children with these conditions, gender assignment takes "substantial time" and often needs to be re-evaluated months and even years later. In addition, severe hormonal imbalances at birth can result in gender assignment that may require reassignment later in life, the doctors said.

"Our patients already face major medical and social challenges, and HB2 creates unnecessary hardship for these vulnerable youth," the petition said. "We respectfully ask you to repeal this hurtful bill."

On Monday, the American Association of Pediatrics, which represents 2,000 pediatric care professionals in North Carolina, joined in the call for a repeal of the bill, stating the law marginalizes and stigmatizes already vulnerable children and youth.

"The las can also have unintentional consequences for children born with gender-related genetic disorders, children with disabilities who may need a different sex parent to help them in the restroom, and children who find themselves homeless due to a lack of support for their gender identities," said a statement from the group.

The law, which was approved last month in a one-day special session of the legislature, has come under fire nationally because it also excludes gays and transgender people from discrimination protections and bars cities and counties from extending such protections to them. It also prohibits cities from setting their own minimum wage and eliminates the right of workers to file discrimination lawsuits against their employers in state court.

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  • Zoe Brain Apr 23, 2016
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    About 1 in 1500 live births have ambiguous genitalia. In about 1 in 3 of such cases, any early guess as to sex will be wrong. There are thus between 1000-2000 men with female birth certificates in NC, as early guessing was standard until recently, and most such births were assigned female. They actually outnumber Trans men by about 2:1.

  • Christian Knott Apr 19, 2016
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    Like in Detroit?

  • Roy Pine Apr 19, 2016
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    Completely inaccurate.

    From Wikipedia:
    Klinefelter syndrome (47,XXY) is one of the most common chromosomal disorders, occurring in 1:500 to 1:1000 live male births.

    And these are merely the most common of the chromosomal intersex individuals (not counting XXYY, XXXY, XXXXYY, etc.)

    Based on the more conservative of the two estimates, this means at least 60 Kleinfelter's syndrome individuals are born in NC every year.

    But that's honestly beside the point, because HB2 supporters aren't thinking of genetic hermaphrodites or asexual individuals when they talk about this.

  • Sam Nada Apr 18, 2016
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    Where's your evidence to support that contention? How did the LGBT community "force" the city council to pass an ordinance? I don't know if that's true or not, but I'd like to see some actual evidence. And if it is true the question is why? Again, evidence not speculation. And why is using the restroom that makes everyone feel the most comfortable not ok?

  • Steve Clark Apr 18, 2016
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    Paul, we both know it wasn't. HB2 was a 'reaction' to Charlotte... WAY too strong a reaction... but it would have never been brought up if Charlotte wouldn't have allowed "ANY" man to go into girls locker rooms, just because he 'identified' or 'felt more comfortable' in there.

  • Steve Clark Apr 18, 2016
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    I disagree Sam. The 'invented, phony problem' .. was that TG's were being attacked for using the 'other bathroom'. Please keep in mind.. HB2 would NEVER have come up, if the LGBT community (lets be honest, basically the TG community) wouldn't have demanded that Charlotte pass a NEW law just for them. Charlotte reacted to a 'made up' problem, and Raleigh reacted to Charlotte.

  • Had Enough Apr 18, 2016
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    Like I said before, let street justice prevail and that will take care of the issue easily.

  • Paul Hayeze Apr 18, 2016
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    If this law is about protection for women, then the GA must drafting legislation to ban alcohol at all college fraternities throughout the state....When is that law going to be enacted?

  • Clarence Hill Apr 18, 2016
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    The point is that the problem is both ways. One time, anywhere, to anybody is too much. HB-2 is a safety preventive to deter deviate behavior wherever and whenever it rears its ugly head.

  • Raleigh Rose Apr 18, 2016
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    No, that is not what I am saying at all. I'm just pointing out the hypocrisy of HB2. It's supposed to be about protection, and had to be passed so fast to protect our women and young girls that the gov. didn't take the time to even talk to any LGBT citizens, It's not about protection at all. It's about control, bigotry and consolidating power in the NCGA but not protection. The bathroom part was nothing but a smoke screen and the hypocrisy here kinda proves that.

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